December 2, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 4/9

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Cayuga sees first death; Cortland has 19 cases

Cayuga County confirmed Wednesday its first death of a coronavirus patient.

“My sincerest condolences to the family and friends of this individual who are experiencing this loss,” Cayuga Public Health Director Kathleen Cuddy said in a release. “The decedent, a male in his 40s, had been hospitalized since April 1 and had underlying chronic health issues, which may have contributed to his death. Out of respect for the privacy of the deceased and his family, we will not be releasing further information.”

In Cortland County the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 19 on Wednesday, the county reported.

To date, none of the positive cases that have been reported are connected to each other. The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 30 people. Two patients are hospitalized, bringing to three the total who have been hospitalized. The Cortland County Health Department has received 605 negative test results from health care providers. Twelve individuals have recovered.

Tompkins County reports 105 confirmed cases, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

In addition to the death, the Cayuga County Health Department confirmed two new cases Wednesday, for a total of 17. One is hospitalized. Another 33 are quarantined and 12 are in isolation. It awaits test results on 28 people of 454 people tested.

State Sen. Seward out of intensive care

State Sen. James L. Seward, who had been hospitalized with coronavirus, was moved out of intensive care late Tuesday night at Albany Medical Center, his chief of staff said.

Seward (R-Milford) was admitted to the hospital March 30 after testing positive for COVID-19. He is also receiving treatment for cancer, and has announced he will step down after his 17th term ends.

His chief of staff Duncan S. Davie, issued this statement:

“Cindy Seward and her family express their profound gratitude to the medical team that has attended Sen. Seward during his illness. Cindy is particularly appreciative of the loving care lavished on the COVID-19 patients at Albany Med. They are deeply grateful to both friends and strangers who have prayed intensely for Sen. Seward’s recovery, and give praise and thanks to God for his providential care. Many, many constituents of the senator’s, colleagues, acquaintances and others have expressed love, support and prayers during the past two weeks, and Cindy and the family are very thankful. The letters, emails, calls to the office, and expressions mean so much because the family has been unable, due to Cindy’s COVID-19 status, to be together.”

Flags fly at half-staff

  • Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo directed on Wednesday that flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff in honor of people lost to COVID-19. They will remain lowered while New York is on pause.
  • The Kosciuszko Bridge, the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, the spire of One World Trade Center and LaGuardia Airport parking garages will be lit blue today as part of the #LightItBlue campaign. The initiative simultaneously lights up buildings, landmarks and LED screens across the US to show support and gratitude to those health care professionals and essential workers.
  • Cuomo also directed the state Department of Labor to make $600 in additional weekly unemployment benefits available to all New Yorkers. New York is also extending the period covered by unemployment benefits for another 13 weeks, for a total of 39.